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Mr. Charles McPeak - Auto Mechanics

Mr. McPeak grew up in Draper, Virginia and graduated from Pulaski County High in 1988.  He attended and graduated from New River Community College in 1997, earning an ASE certification as a mechanic. Mr. McPeak was hired by the Chrysler dealership in Radford, Virginia shortly before he graduated. He served as an ASE certified master auto technician there for 14 years. Mr. McPeak was hired by Galax City Schools as the ASE certified auto instructor in 2010.


“Teaching is what I have always wanted to do. I enjoy working with all of the students in the Galax”.

Mrs. Joyelle Edmondson - Business

Joyelle Edmondson grew up in the nearby town of Fries, VA and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008. She then made her way to Blacksburg and attended Virginia Tech (H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!). While at Virginia Tech she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology, graduating in 2012.

Joyelle began teaching Economics and Personal Finance at Galax High School in August of 2012. She also is the Assistant Varsity Volleyball coach and the JV Soccer coach.

“It is such a blessing to be able to come to school every day and work with so many wonderful students. I am so glad to be able to teach Economics and Personal Finance knowing that what I am teaching is something that they will carry with them throughout their entire life. It is my hope to make a differences in my student’s lives, but what they don’t realize is the difference that they constantly make in mine. :)”

Ms. Jillian Gravley - Business

Mrs. Gravley grew up in Richlands, VA and graduated from Richlands High School in 2004.

She attended Emory & Henry College and graduated with a B.S. in business administration and Education in 2008.

Later, she attended Radford University and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Mrs. Gravley started teaching at Galax High in 2009 where she teaches business classes for grades 8-12.

Mr. Aaron Horton - Agriculture

Aaron Horton was born and raised in Carroll County, Virginia.  He was a 2001 Graduate of Carroll County High School.  Following High School, Aaron studied one year at Wytheville Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech.  Aaron graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences and 2006 with a M.S. in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Agriculture Education.  Aaron has been teaching Agriculture Education for 7 years.  He taught one year in Northern Virginia and North Carolina before arriving at Galax High School 5 years ago.  Aaron is beginning his fifth year as a golf coach at Galax.  Aaron is married to Megan Horton who is a Certified Physician Assistant in North Carolina and they share their life with their two dogs Sophie and Lanie.  

Mr. Dustin Carter - Physics and Engineering

Mr. Carter was born in Galax and graduated from Grayson County High School. Following high school, he attended Emory & Henry College, graduating with a B.S. in Math/Physics. Mr. Carter taught at Grayson County High School for four years.  In the fall of 2013, he accepted a position at Galax High School to teach physics and math.

Mrs. Sena Parks - Business Information

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

Patrick Puckett- Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Puckett grew up in Laurel Fork, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Floyd County High School and Radford City Schools for nine years before coming to Galax High School.  Mr. Puckett is a graduate of Radford University who has his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, Mr. Puckett teaches Economics and Personal Finance and coaches the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team. Mr. Puckett enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking, and playing a variety of sports.


Patrick Butler- English and Military Science

Mr. Butler moved to the Galax area in 2002 after 21 years on active duty in the Air Force. He has quite the varied background: Air Force officer, stay at home dad, small business owner, substitute teacher, and secretary/bookkeeper prior joining the GCHS staff.  His teaching experience, in addition to his four years as a substitute teacher for GCPS, includes three years as an ICBM classified operations trainer/evaluator, three  years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in English, and three years of writing instruction on the community college level.  His daughter graduated GHS in 2018 and attends Bates College in Maine. A Disney buff, Mr. Butler and his wife actually married at Walt Disney World, and they get back there (or Disneyland) whenever possible. 

Allison White - Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. White grew up in Galax, VA and is a Galax High School graduate herself (class of 2012). She went on to attend Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she played 4 years of volleyball and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, minoring in both Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Ms. White spent the last 3 years working in Sales and Marketing in Charlotte, NC before returning to her hometown, where she is teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also the Head Coach for Middle School Volleyball.